Fallout 76 is adding a new type of utility item called repair kits. Available in two forms, these single-use consumable items can be used to immediately restore an item’s condition. While all of this seems perfectly normal, the repair kits, specifically the basic ones, have caused quite a stir in the community. As evident from one look at the Fallout 76 subreddit, players are extremely upset about Bethesda breaking its no pay-to-win promise.
Fallout 76’s new utility items come in two variants: Basic and Improved. They can be used to increase an item’s condition up to 100% and 150%, respectively. Bethesda says that both types of kits can be obtained by completing challenges. However, the basic ones can also be bought from the Atomic Shop. The Atomic Shop is Fallout 76’s in-game store where players can spend Atoms, the game’s premium currency.
This is where the trouble begins. Bethesda has previously stated that the Atomic Shop will only contain cosmetic items that do not affect gameplay. However, as expected, the addition of repair kits into the Atomic Shop has resulted in a lot of backlash.
“We read tons of feedback and suggestions from the Fallout 76 community, and Repair Kits were a popular request that we wanted to get into players’ hands,” explains Bethesda. “As we look to the future, we’re exploring ways we can bring other community-driven ideas to the game as well, such as refrigerators for C.A.M.P.s, ammo and food converters, and even the ability to send scrap to your stash without having to head home.”
Repair kits are the first utility items to be added to Fallout 76. As such, the developers are anticipating a lot of feedback, and will tweak the items based on the community’s suggestions.
Bethesda has been working to salvage Fallout 76 after its disastrous launch. Although the developers have made a decent amount of progress, the introduction of a pay-to-win item could destroy all of that.